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Which Classic Movie Should Your Intro To Film Essay Be About?

If all else fails, just talk about the lighting.

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Which Classic Movie Should Your Intro To Film Essay Be About?

You got: Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane can be hard to get through, but your studious nature and your interest in character work make it great for you to analyze. The more times you watch it, the more you sympathize with Kane (and that's a freebie you can use for your introduction).

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You got: Psycho

It's the psychological thriller that defines the genre, which is right up your alley. Plus, it's pretty easy to watch. Just talk about the editing and the music, you'll be fine.

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You got: The Graduate

You easily empathize with people and characters, which will make the main character and all his internal conflict easy to analyze. Hint: the pool raft and the little scuba guy in the fish tank are metaphors for Hoffman's ~feels.~

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You got: Playtime

This is not an easy film to analyze, but you're up to the task (and your prof will love you for it.) You like your films experimental and offbeat, and more for aesthetic than plot. Which is great, because this classic French comedy has very little plot. Just talk about the impressive set.

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You got: Casablanca

You're a romantic at heart, and love a good story. Casablanca is the epitome of a classic Hollywood screenplay, so you'll have a lot to say. And don't forget to talk about the soft lightning on Ingrid Bergman's face.

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You got: Battleship Potemkin

You like movies that send a meaningful message, and this violent, propaganda film definitely does that. Plus, you can draw a lot on Eisenstein's theory of montage. (Google it!)

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You got: Bringing Up Baby

You like a film that's actually enjoyable to watch. Bringing Up Baby is the classic slapstick comedy, so maybe try doing a side by side comparison of a modern day comedy.

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You got: The Maltese Falcon

You're all about that ~film aesthetic~, so turn to the film noir that defines the genre, and go to town. You can start by analyzing the gender politics of Mary Astor as the femme fatale.

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You got: The Silence of the Lambs

You just don't have the patience for those old black and white films this semester, and really, who can blame you? Give yourself a break and just stick to the one modern film on every Intro to Film syllabus. You can upset your prof by complaining about the implied homophobia behind Buffalo Bill.

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